Is YY A Good Stock To Buy According To Hedge Funds?

At Insider Monkey, we pore over the filings of nearly 817 top investment firms every quarter, a process we have now completed for the latest reporting period. The data we’ve gathered as a result gives us access to a wealth of collective knowledge based on these firms’ portfolio holdings as of September 30. In this article, we will use that wealth of knowledge to determine whether or not JOYY Inc. (NASDAQ:YY) makes for a good investment right now.

Is YY a good stock to buy? JOYY Inc. (NASDAQ:YY) was in 31 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistic is 30. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. YY has seen an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late. There were 28 hedge funds in our database with YY positions at the end of the second quarter. Our calculations also showed that YY isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks).

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James Dinan of York Capital Management

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Do Hedge Funds Think YY Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 31 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 11% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards YY over the last 21 quarters. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

More specifically, Alkeon Capital Management was the largest shareholder of JOYY Inc. (NASDAQ:YY), with a stake worth $122.8 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Alkeon Capital Management was OZ Management, which amassed a stake valued at $73.3 million. Composite Capital, Sylebra Capital Management, and York Capital Management were also very fond of the stock, becoming one of the largest hedge fund holders of the company. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Composite Capital allocated the biggest weight to JOYY Inc. (NASDAQ:YY), around 15.74% of its 13F portfolio. North Peak Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 3.61 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to YY.

As aggregate interest increased, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. North Peak Capital, managed by Michael Kahan and Jeremy Kahan, assembled the most valuable position in JOYY Inc. (NASDAQ:YY). North Peak Capital had $19 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Joseph Samuels’s Islet Management also made a $6.1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Leung Chi Kit’s Kadensa Capital, Ben Levine, Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold’s LMR Partners, and Michael Gelband’s ExodusPoint Capital.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as JOYY Inc. (NASDAQ:YY) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (NYSE:RS), The Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (NYSE:IPG), PRA Health Sciences Inc (NASDAQ:PRAH), Reinsurance Group of America Inc (NYSE:RGA), Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE:EHC), Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ:CHDN), and Regency Centers Corp (NASDAQ:REG). This group of stocks’ market values match YY’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
RS 30 267133 3
IPG 31 486054 9
PRAH 24 168019 -9
RGA 31 258499 -2
EHC 32 612130 -1
CHDN 28 511671 3
REG 23 174342 8
Average 28.4 353978 1.6

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 28.4 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $354 million. That figure was $536 million in YY’s case. Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE:EHC) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Regency Centers Corp (NASDAQ:REG) is the least popular one with only 23 bullish hedge fund positions. JOYY Inc. (NASDAQ:YY) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for YY is 82.4. Stocks with higher number of hedge fund positions relative to other stocks as well as relative to their historical range receive a higher sentiment score. This is a slightly positive signal but we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.3% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10 percentage points. These stocks gained 33.3% in 2020 through December 18th and beat the market again by 16.4 percentage points. Unfortunately YY wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on YY were disappointed as the stock returned 2.6% since the end of September (through 12/18) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds as many of these stocks already outperformed the market so far this year.

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